Most expensive Domain Names ever sold
Domain brokers purchase domain names in anticipation they will make a healthy return on investment in the future. They maintain a website with these domain names and wait for opportunity to knock. Though there is no guarantee of profit, neither is there in stocks and other commodities.
Here are the 20 most expensive domain names ever sold up to 2014:
VacationRentals.com – This deal took place in 2007 and the transaction was for $35 million. This is the highest ever deal made to purchase any domain. Brain Sharples, the founder of HomeAway, is new owner of this domain and admitted that he purchased it, as he did not want his competitor Expedia to acquire it.
PrivateJet.com – This deal came very close to become the all time highest deal ever made for domain selling. This transaction happened in 2012 at $30.18 million.
Insure.com – Insure.com’s deal happened in 2009 and was the second highest deal of all time for three years, when PrivateJet.com broke the record. The deal was made at $16 million.
Sex.com – Here comes the porn industry. The deal was made for $14 million and happened in October of 2010. This domain is doing very well, as it is linked with one of the most searched keywords in search engines.
Hotels.com – This domain was reportedly sold for $11 million in 2001, however, the new owner of the domain would not confirm the price in a TV interview with the BBC.
Fund.com – Purchased in the year 2008 at a whopping $9.9 million.
Porn.com – Another entry from the porn industry. The new owner spent $9.5 million to acquire it in 2007.
Fb.com – Facebook purchased this domain in November 2010 at a price of $8.5 million from American Farm Bureau Federation.
Business.com – This domain was sold for $7.5 million in December 1999.
Diamond.com – This domain was acquired in 2006 at a price of $7.5 million. This domain is now a diamond online shopping site. It’s really not surprising why the owner paid such a huge amount for this site; after all he is selling one of the most precious stones in the world.
Beer.com – Sold in 2004 at a price of $7 million. This domain is featured for resale on www.aftermarket.com.
Israel.com – The deal for this domain was completed in 2008 at a price of $5.88 million.
Slots.com – This deal took place in 2010 and credited $5.5 million in the previous owner’s account. Bodog, a Russian online gaming site became the new owner and created a new game for the site.
Asseenontv.com – This domain was purchased by LA Group in 2000 for a price of $5.1 million. This domain was used to protect the brand name “asseenattv.com” of LA Group.
Toys.com – This domain made $5.1 million in 2009 for the previous owner. This domain was sold to American market leader ToysRUs.
Korea.com – This is the second domain in the list which named after a country. This deal was done at a price of $5 million in 2004. The new owner of the domain is Korea.com Communications.
SEO.com – This deal took place in 2007 for $5 million. Michael Mann, owner of BuyDomains understood the importance of having a good domain name; therefore, he sold his company and invested in SEO.com.
Clothes.com – Zappos acquired clothes.com in 2008 for the amount of $4.9 million. This domain is used to redirect online clothing shoppers to zappos.com.
Icloud.com – Apple Inc purchased this domain at a price of $4.5 million in 2011. Apple was hunting for all i-domains around the world and acquired this domain after acquiring iphone.com, which was not as big a deal to mention in this list.